World's strongest beer weighs in at 67.5% abv

24 October, 2013

Scottish brewery Brewmeister has launched what it says is the world’s strongest beer – at 67.5% abv.

Snake Venom “is so strong that we have put a warning label on the neck of the bottle warning drinkers to beware”, the Moray-based brewery said. 

Brewmeister had already produced 65% abv Armageddon ale, but said the aim in that brew was to hide the strong alcoholic flavour.

“Unlike Armageddon, Snake Venom is not designed to mask the taste of the alcohol. The alcohol is very strong but the beer still tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. It is hoppy, malty and very pleasant,” Brewmeister said in a statement.

Snake Venom is made from smoked peat malt and uses two types of yeast – beer and Champagne.

Each batch is tested in the brewery and random batches are checked by external labs to get the alcohol level right.

The beer is available from The Real Ale Company and costs £50 per 27.5cl bottle plus postage.




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